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Can mental illness be caused by infections?

Gail M. Saltz, MD
Psychiatry
There is very little data to suggest that mental illness can be caused by infections, except for a condition called PANDAS. In this video, psychiatrist Gail Saltz, MD, discusses whether or not infections can cause the onset of mental illness.  

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